Iron Bark Distillery
Much like the Australian wine industry of a decade or so ago, the craft distilling industry is beginning to emerge, bringing some truly world class spirits and unique flavours to the table, showing that there is so much more to spirits than the mass producers would have you believe. So much so that the big boys of the industry are beginning to release their own small batch and boutique versions of staple brands. However it is still produced on a large scale and is still blended to taste.
Ironbark do not blend to taste. The spirits produced today are proofed with purified, sterilised, locally sourced water, filtered through carbon and bottled by hand in the distillery. Attention to detail and using grain that is nurtured in Australian soil, kissed by Australian sun, is how we achieve our unique Australian flavour profile in our spirit range.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl
Enjoy some time together at Bilpin Fruit Bowl. Open only on weekends (weather permitting) during harvest time and 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) when it’s not harvest time. Learn about how fruit is grown and sourced with the added benefit of taking home some delicious and healthy snacks. Approximately 30 minute drive from the hotel.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl has been owned and operated by the Tadrosse family since 1985. They make all the apple pies, cakes, slices, scones themselves on premises. They also stock local honey, home made jams, souvenirs, pottery, fresh fruit and seasonal summer fruits. In Summer they also sell Peach pies made from peaches grown in the orchard. When other fruits are in season such as cherries, blueberries and raspberries they also use them to make fresh baked pies.
Address: 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
Australia’s oldest church, est. 1809 as the first non-conformist then Presbyterian Church in Australia and a pioneer in education, beginning a school in 1810
Ebenezer Church in the Hawkesbury region was a winner at the Sustainable Cities Awards Dinner. The incredible and lengthy work undertaken by the Ebenezer Church Council to restore Ebenezer Church in Ebenezer was the winning entry of the NSW Heritage Branch Heritage Award.
Address: 95 Coromandel Road, Ebenezer.
Phone: 02 4579 9235
Milo the mini tug boat
A little tug boat called ‘Milo’ is the perfect way to explore the Hawkesbury River. It was a labour of love for Ebenezer resident Bruce Holdsworth, who built the tug over 3 years. Milo brings a little old world charm to the river but with the latest electronic and safety equipment. It can take up to 4 adults or small families. You’re sure to enjoy the ride. Bookings Essential.
Address: Bridge St, Windsor.
Phone: 0415 206 502
Trees Adventure Grose River Park
Challenge yourselves to a tree top adventure. Reconnect with nature at the nearby Trees Adventure Park. Trees Adventure Park is Australia’s premier tree top adventure ropes experience. Challenge yourself to an obstacle course high up in the tree canopy. Less than 15 minute drive from the hotel. You will be swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest.
Address: Grose River Park, 200 Springwood Road, Yarramundi
Phone: (02) 4776 1226
Windsor Country Club Golf
If you’re a keen golfer, Windsor Country Club Golf is an eighteen-hole course with beautiful greens – some quite challenging – on gently rolling hills. The natural features of the course – hills, slopes and river flats – make for a beautiful round of golf. The club Bistro has a full menu which is quite tasty. While you can see this beautiful 18-hole course from Hawkesbury Valley Way (across from the hotel), the entrance to the facility is tucked away in a South Windsor residential area – check your GPS.
Address: 51 McQuade AveSouth Windsor
Ph: 02 4577 4390
The winery has five acres of grapevines and eight acres of olive groves. Wine and olive products are available for sale/tasting in an historic and beautiful cellar produced a medium bodied dry red, 2013 Portland Head Tannat from grapes grown at Tizzana Vineyard. The aroma is capsicum, cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant and the juice is a dark purple-red colour.
The vintners of Hawkesbury are opened for tastings on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from noon to 6pm (Jubilee Estate opens until 5pm). Weekday tastings are by appointment.
Address: 518 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer
Hours: Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 12 noon to 6pm
Please call for groups or weekday tastings: 02 4579 1150
Richmond Good Food Market
Richmond Good Food Market is a place for local farmers and quality food producers to showcase their wares and interact with the community. Food grown and produced in and around the Hawkesbury region is some of the finest in the country.
Visiting Richmond Good Food Market will give you an opportunity to:
Address: Richmond Park in Richmond.
Hours: Every Saturday between 7am and 1pm.
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler
The Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler has been operating from historic Windsor for many years. Located at the end of the Windsor road, at the foot hills of the Blue Mountains, on one of the oldest waterways in Australia.
Hosted by Ian Burns and his friendly crew, you will have an unforgettable journey, recreating the cruises of the 1800’s.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Hawkesbury River and a first class meal, freshly prepared on board by their resident chef.
Address: Board at the Windsor Wharf (off Bridge Street, Windsor)
Phone: 0401 798 088
Sydney International Regatta Centre
The Sydney International Regatta Centre is a multi-use sporting venue with a number of different facilities that can cater for various activities. The landscaped grounds of the Sydney International Regatta Centre are open to the public 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset (dependant on events), and boasts outstanding competition and warm-up lakes to suit a diverse range of aquatic activities.
Outside of competition, the 5km cycle path around the Competition Lake is enjoyed by the local community for jogging, walking and roller-blading.
Address: Entry to the Centre is via Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW
Phone: (02) 4730 0000 (Business hours)
Visitor Service Staff: 0409 535 760 (weekends only)
Windsor Mall Sunday Market
Join weekly market in the historic township of Windsor. A dedicated farmer from Orange brings in the current season’s produce – corn, lettuce, potatoes, dark kale, and fresh eggs. A vendor selling exotic spices attracts a crowd – we need cumin and curry for a new recipe. Nearby, shoppers crowd around the jams, jellies and honey vendors. Quality handmade home wares, arts, crafts and fashion. Local bands & buskers offering you great entertainment that can be heard up and down The Mall.
Address: On George Street, the Mall, between Fitzgerald and Baker Streets
Phone: 0418 869 685
Hours: Sundays 9am to 3.30pm
Hawkesbury Regional Museum
The celestial globe that belonged to John Tebbutt, an internationally-renowned astronomer who lived his whole life in the Hawkesbury, to the diary kept by a member of HMAS Hawkesbury during World War II and recording the Japanese surrender. Not to mention that uniquely Hawkesbury creation, the flabbit.
The Hawkesbury Regional Museum is an award-winning purpose built museum, designed to provide optimal conditions for the display of objects and the comfort and convenience of visitors. Also on site is Howe House, an historic house that has been fitted out with furnishings and displays that reflect its many uses over more than 200 years of history.
Address: 8 Baker Street, Windsor
Phone: 02 4560 4655
Hours: Open 10am to 4pm (closed Tuesday)
iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Get an adreneline rush at iFLY.
Indoor Skydiving is suitable for those both young and old. Lean into the wind tunnel and you will be lifted into the air guided by iFLY Indoor Skydiving’s qualified instructors. According to iFLy, it’s safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. Approximately 25 mins drive from the hotel
iFLY: 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Satisfy your sweet tooth
Treat yourself and your little ones to an ice-cream at Windsor Ice Cream Café or some Australian or international candy at Lollies and Stuff. The perfect holiday treat!
Windsor Ice Cream Cafe: 2/89 George Street, Windsor
Lollies ‘n’ Stuff: 123 George Street, Windsor
Hillbilly Cider is located just a short drive away from Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley in the town of Bilpin. The cider is made without added sugar, isn’t pasteurised and they don’t add artificial flavours.
They’re all about keeping it real – 100% crushed fruit fermented with minimal intervention. Natural C02 produced during fermentation makes for an easy bohemian bubble.
Address: The Cider Shed, Shields Orchard, 2270 Bells line of road, Bilpin
Ph: 02 4567 2662
Hawkesbury Race Club and Windsor Polo Club
Less than 10 mins down the road are both the Hawkesbury Race Club and Windsor Polo Club. The Windsor Polo Club grounds are a picturesque setting for renowned polo events including International Polo Test and The Spring Polo Carnival. Either bring your own picnic and set up under the big shady trees, or enjoy the refreshments and delicious food on offer at the Clubhouse. Entry to the Windsor Polo Club is free on most Saturdays with tournaments in Autumn and Spring. If you prefer to watch horse racing, the Hawkesbury Race Club is renowned for Wednesday night race meets.
Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre
Spend the day horseriding at Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre. It is a great place for adults, children and teenagers to learn to ride, and experience the wonderful world of horses. Less than 20 minutes drive from the hotel. Ask at the front desk about how you can get a 10% discount. Bookings essential.
Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre:
26 Hillcrest Road, Yarramundi
Cloud 9 Balloon
Experience Hawkesbury Valley from the sky. Indulge in a once in a lifetime experience with a hot air balloon ride in the Hawkesbury Valley. Cloud 9 Balloon have been around for 30 years, and operate flights in the Hawkesbury Valley.
Call Cloud 9 Balloon to book: 1300 555 711
Villa Thalgo Day Spa
Indulge your senses at Villa Thalgo Day Spa.
Bring new life to the body, mind and spirit at Villa Thalgo Day Spa, conveniently located on the same premises as Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley. Featuring a wet steam room, hydrotherapy spa, beautiful indoor heated swimming pool and an oasis of elegance to relax in with rows of French doors opening onto a private courtyard garden. Appointments are essential.
Call Villa Thalgo Day Spa on (02) 4577 1254 to book.
Wollemi National Park
Explore the Wollemi National Park. Enjoy the fresh air and the astonishingly beautiful sights along the scenic Bob Turners Track to the Colo River. A well maintained track that allows you to experience the remoteness of the wild Colo River. The 6km return trip will take most people between 3-4 hours. You can drive to the ‘Bob Turners Track – Wollemi National Park’ and leave your car in the parking area. The perfect way to escape the stresses of modern life.
Unwind with yoga by the lake. Take in Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley’s spectacular 8-hecares of landscaped gardens with yoga by lake. Promote calmness and stillness in the mind and relaxation in the body Find a nice, secluded spot and practice your wheel and downward dog poses.
Battle your family with a game of paintball
If you’re looking for an ‘action packed’ experience, it’s worth checking out Utimate Paintball. Popular with teenagers and adrenelin seeking adults! Anyone over the age of 16 is able to join in the fun.
There are a number of paintball providers nearby, ask front desk for details.
Rouse Hill House and Farm
Rouse Hill House and Farm is one of Australia’s most culturally important historic properties, not only for its artefacts, furnishings, buildings and gardens, but also because it is the most complete document of continuous family occupancy of a country house in New South Wales.
The property chronicles the changing fortunes of six generations of the one family and showcases an assortment of belongings and treasures.
Address: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
Phone: +612 9627 6777